LibriVox recording of In Search of the Unknown by Robert W. Chambers. Read in English by Peter Eastman Robert Chambers was a contemporary of Lovecraft, and this book consists of "weird supernatural tales" in a somewhat similar manner, except that the emphasis is on humor rather than horror. The narrator works for the newly opened Bronx Zoo in New York. He describes his adventures trying to obtain various rare specimens for the zoo's collection, animals that range from the merely extinct to the considerably more unusual. Along the way, he invariably finds a beautiful woman to fall in love with. (Summary by Peter Eastman) For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.
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January 23, 2019 Subject:
Weird but Fun, too
The narrator sets out in four stories to either collect living specimens for the zoo - creatures fantastical or considered long-since extinct - or to prove their existence. Adventures ensue in each case, including the protagonist flirting with and falling for a woman. Each woman is, of course, the most beautiful in the world.
The final story (well, two stories) are a narration told to the protagonist and his current lady-love. The first follows along the lines of the others (trying to capture a strange animal), but the final story is more supernatural (reincarnation, hypnotism, astral projection stuff). I enjoyed it less than the others.
I did smile and chuckle at the audacity and buffoonery of the main character. The stories aren't spooky or creepy (except perhaps the very last one, the second one told by the train passenger).
The reader was fantastic. At first I didn't care for his style, but soon I found his style fit the story very well. Nicely done!